Arsenal must get the better of Atletico Madrid in the semi finals of the Europa League if the Gunners are to realise their ambition of winning the competition and earning Champions League qualification for next season after the draw for the last four was made on Friday.

​Arsenal overcame CSKA Moscow by a 6-3 aggregate score-line in a tough quarter final, while ​AtleticoChampions League finalists in 2014 and 2016, were the conquerors of Sporting CP.


The other semi final will see Marseille face surprise package Red Bull Salzburg.

2017/18 Europa League Semi Final Draw:

Marseille vs Red Bull Salzburg

Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid

First legs will be played on Thursday 26th April, with the second legs one week later on 3rd May.

The final will then be played in Lyon on Wednesday 16th May.

A subsequent draw has also determined that the winner of the Marseille/Salzburg tie will be considered the 'home' team in the final.

This time last year, Ajax and ​Manchester United were triumphant in their semi finals to progress to the final in Stockholm. It was won by the latter and they were rewarded with a coveted automatic Champions League group stage place as a result.